By Matthew Zaeske and John Johnson

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating.

Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder

It has to do with a lot of distress because of one persons body shape and weight.

Causes of eating disorders consist of, brain activity, nervousness, genetics, and depression

Anorexia nervosa symptoms:

  • Extreme thinness
  • Unwilling to maintain a healthy weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Distorted body image
  • Self-esteem is heavily influenced by perceptions of body weight and shape
  • Extremely restricted eating.

Bulimia Nervosa symptoms:

  • Inflamed and sore throat
  • Swollen salivary glands in the neck
  • Worn tooth enamel from stomach acid
  • Intestinal distress
  • Severe dehydration from purging of fluids

Binge-Eating symptoms:

  • Over eating.
  • Extreme portions of food.
  • Severe weight gain.
  • Have a higher blood pressure.

Treating Anorexia Nervosa:

  • Restoring a healthy weight.
  • Treating the psychological issues that resulted to the disorder.
  • Getting rid of the thoughts or behaviors that lead to anorexia.
  • Also use of medication, like antidepressants

Treating Bulimia Nervosa:

  • Same Treatment as Anorexia
  • Psychotherapy

Treating Binge-Eating:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Antidepressants may reduce binge-eating and other medication.

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